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Press Release

Friday, June 18, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

Florida’s Top Education Business Partners Announced

~ Businesses large and small honored for their commitment to advancing Florida schools ~

TAMPA – Florida Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith, along with members of the Florida Education Foundation and State Board of Education members Kathleen Shanahan and Mark Kaplan, announced the winners of the 2010 Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards last night during the Florida Association of District School Superintendents and Florida School Boards Association Joint Conference. The annual award program recognizes businesses for improving the academic success of all students, and this year, nearly 90 organizations throughout the state were honored.

“The contributions to education made by these business partners are enormous, and it is our honor to recognize them for their ongoing commitment to strengthening communities and improving lives,” said Commissioner Smith. “Through their efforts we hope to continue the tremendous academic progress our students and teachers have achieved over the last decade.”

“As a member of the business community, I know first-hand how valuable our contributions can be in reshaping local school systems and creating opportunities for students in areas they might never have dreamed,” said State Board of Education member Shanahan. “It is my sincere hope that by highlighting these businesses for their tremendous efforts we will inspire more companies to get involved and accelerate the wonderful progress we are seeing in our classrooms.”

The Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards are administered by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation to encourage successful alliances within the business community and among local school districts for the benefit of Florida’s students.

“Florida’s education system not only needs, but values business involvement in our schools,” said Florida Education Foundation Chairman Alan J. Levy. “Last night’s award recipients are stellar examples of how local businesses, both large and small, can provide opportunities for our future leaders.”

For a full list of the businesses honored during the awards ceremony, visit (PDF, 62KB). To learn more about how businesses are contributing to education in Florida, visit

About the Florida Education Foundation
Under Chairman Levy’s leadership and the direction of its board of directors, the Florida Education Foundation promotes and supports academic excellence for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students in Florida. Additionally, the Foundation recognizes outstanding teachers and educational contributors, develops strategic alliances with business organizations and advances statewide educational goals.